Led by senior tri-captains Dave Coley, Eric McAlister and Anthony Jackson, the Seawolves came from behind twice to beat Albany, 73-68, in the regular season finale for both schools.
McAlister was especially productive. He may not pack much bulk on his 6-6, 220-pound frame but he is a heady, smart and team oriented player. He is a very coachable and solid contributor. McAlister uses both hands well around the hoop and has a feathery touch inside. He does all the right things correctly, helping his team any way he can. He rebounds, sets screens and hustles. During the first half he and Jackson kept SBU in it offensively, doing it all early on both ends of the floor. McAlister finished the game with 13 points. McAlister can be a solid reserve and role player overseas, but if he adds some weight he would be a much tougher player to guard inside when playing against bigger foes.
Jackson, who also added 13 points, is built like a fire hydrant but his stroke is smooth and he takes it to the rim with no fear. His leadership in his final home game was instrumental in keeping the Seawolves from succumbing early to Albany’s pressure. Jackson has a chance to play somewhere overseas with the right team. He is tough, fearless and has a nice all-around game.
Coley, the game’s leading scorer with 17, is the heartbeat of SBU’s team. While he was basically invisible during the first half, his long range shooting in the second ultimately gave SBU the lead it never surrendered. Coley is a deft ball handler and passer who makes good decisions (no 2nd half turnovers) and always has his head up to make the right play for his teammates. Coley is a NY City player who uses that attitude smartly and not to the detriment of his team.
The one player who stood out most on Albany’s side was junior forward Sam Rowley. The native of Australia netted a co-team high 15 points and was his team’s best defensive rebounder. His ability to do a little of everything makes him indispensable for Albany. He is their charge taker, helps bring it up, is a solid defender and pick setter. He is a tough, hard-nosed customer who does the dirty work inside too. He is terrific on offense with the left hand to get a shot off in close. That keeps opponents off balance while guarding him. He approaches the game and plays it the right way. We expect him to be even better next season.
Senior point guard DJ Evans, who matched Rowley with 15 points to lead Albany, is a crafty ball handler. He spearheads the top of the Albany press with his ball hawking skill and quickness. On offense he does exactly what his coach asks. He sets the tempo, controls the pace and involves everyone on that end. Because of his lack of size he gets lost among the trees down deep on defense so he’d be better served not going so low.
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